Jerrod "J-rod" Sullivan is the product of a music loving family. From a young age he was exposed to artists from the likes of Earth, Wind & Fire, Frankie Beverly & James Brown, which ignited his desire to become an instrumentalist. With church being the cornerstone to his family's lives, it was there he would embark upon his musical journey. Gospel music impacted his style of playing early in his development, but he credits R&B and Funk as his strongest musical influences. As J-Rod's gift continued to develop expediently, he attended a drum camp hosted by Sonny Emory. In doing so, he had the opportunity to be mentored by drummers Teddy Campbell, Yonrico Scott, Ivan Hampden and, of course, Sonny Emory himself. This was when J-rod recognized his love for music flourished, causing him to make music a centerpiece in his life. 

 

During J-rod's attendance at Cartersville High School, he was a skilled member of the jazz and symphonic band; and as center snare, he was an undeniable standout in marching band. Realizing his love for music was beyond his high school leveled bands, he walked away after two years. He was now focused on making music a full time career, not just an extracurricular activity. Taking the proper precautions, he became popular demand around Atlanta; and not only on drums but he was beginning to master music production as well. Upon graduation in 2011, he furthered his musical education at Atlanta Institute of Music, studying music performance. Here, J-rod was being stretched on drums, in music production and his desire to learn bass guitar ignited. He credits each of his AIM instructors for his in depth knowledge of his talents.  

 

J-rod is now a well equipped multi-instrumentalist and producer who is the drummer for Journey Music band, The 4 Korners, Byron Cage, & Alex Bugnon. He has worked with people such as Jidenna, Bebe Winans, Everette Harp, Nick Colionne, Kenny Latimore and many more. J-rod has also appeared on BET's "Being Mary Jane",  VH1's "Single Ladies" & Oprah's "Greenleaf". As his gift continues to make room for him, it is evident that his future is bright. He lives by the quote "all things are possible to those who believe", and judging by his accomplishments, it rings true. With purpose driven faith, he knows that this is only the beginning.